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Jean-Pierre Melville

Léon Morin, Priest

Léon Morin, prêtre

Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as the priest whose determination to save souls comes at a great emotional cost.

Image from Léon Morin, Priest

France-Italy 1961
Dir Jean-Pierre Melville
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Set in the provinces during the German Occupation, this film focuses on a handsome, charming priest (Belmondo) so determined to save souls that he plays on the feelings he arouses in a young widow (Riva) whom he’d like to convert. A complex film of ambiguities and ironies, it boasts superb lead performances and excellent camerawork by regular Melville collaborator Henri Decaë.


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